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Referring to women by their first names and men by their surname is a form of gender discrimination

Walsh, Cole, Mandip and Jodie? The stars of Doctor Who’s 2018 series (Picture: BBC)

There’s something I’ve noticed about celebrity gossip.

It came about some weeks ago in a Doctor Who fan group, when it was pointed out to me that while we usually refer to previous Doctors as Smith, Tennant, Eccleston or Davison, we’re far more likely to refer to the new Doctor as ‘Jodie’.

Why is this? Is it simply a question of being nice – a friendly welcome, designed to stand as a show of support for the actress?

Or is there something else going on? My instincts told me it was the latter.

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